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Emotional beats: a ‘Sound of Metal’ review

ACCEPTANCE OF DEAFNESS: Amazon Studio's recent release,
November 23, 2020

I don’t think I can remember a time where I didn’t hear it. The ringing. The noise nobody but me could seem to hear. I couldn’t stand it. I had no idea what it was at first, but it was loud,...

Listen to the voice of nature, Attenborough’s new documentary warns

94-year-old naturalist David Attenborough takes a stand on climate change in his recent documentary, which can be viewed on Netflix.
November 19, 2020

In a recent documentary, the voice of nature has, at long last, spoken out. It’s weathered, deep and gravelly. It’s angry, upset and frightened. But, it is simultaneously uplifting, energized and confident...

A Show for All Seasons

After fifteen seasons,
Much more than sources of entertainment, stories can provide us with comfort when we need it most.
November 19, 2020

Last Thursday, my mom walked into the house after picking up my little brother from volleyball practice, and she immediately looked alarmed. She asked me what was wrong. There I was, sitting on the couch,...

Ashton Irwin blossoms in debut album “Superbloom”

Ashton Irwin's heartfelt album
November 17, 2020

26-year-old Australian musician Ashton Irwin released his debut album “Superbloom” on Oct. 23, a passionate and unorthodox 10-track record about Irwin’s struggles with overcoming his demons and finding...

Up Next, Underrepresentation

Headlines from newsources Deadline, CBC, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter show a small portion of the amount of diverse shows Netflix has canceled.
Netflix continues to cancel their shows with diversity and representation, but at what cost?
November 17, 2020

As someone who has a sister who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, nothing makes me happier than seeing her smile as she animatedly describes a new TV show or movie she’s found with characters she...

Feminism and Freedom: “What the Constitution Means to Me” entertains with wit, provokes political introspection

November 16, 2020

An army of muted portraits of old white men stares blankly out from the walls above the stage. Below, the animated features of actress and writer Heidi Schreck light a dim Broadway stage. Ms. Schreck...

Do We Have The Next Revolutionary Video Game Among Us?

In 2018, the video game “Among US” was initially released by game developer, InnerSloth. In September, the popularity of “Among Us” increased drastically with over 100 million downloads worldwide.
The Video Game “Among Us” Has Incredibly Increased In Popularity Within The Past Few Months
November 13, 2020

In June 2018, game developer InnerSloth released the murder-mystery video game, “Among Us”. “Among Us” is an online game that is based in a space-themed environment. The game consists of up to...

Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine’ Presents a Fragmented Look at 2020

British animated musical group Gorillaz released their seventh studio album, an experimental audiovisual project titled 'Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez,' on Friday, Oct. 23. Photo courtesy of Stereogum.
November 12, 2020

Gorillaz, the British animated musical group headed by Damon Albarn, have made a name for themselves as an eclectic and inventive musical collective. Mixing beautiful melodies performed by Albarn with...

Confusion, Anger, and Pride

The view from Yad Vashem overlooking modern-day Jerusalem after you emerge from the Children’s Memorial.
No matter what despair I think the children in the Holocaust must have felt, there’s no way for me to truly feel it; however, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay made me feel everything I had imagined.
November 12, 2020

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the emotions I was feeling in that moment. It was the first night of Hanukkah in December 2019, and I was in Israel with my religious school class for our...

Breaking down Bollywood

Math and physics teacher Sushma Bana believes the Bollywood industry and its films accentuate the prevalent misogyny in India
How the Bollywood industry impacts Indian Americans
November 11, 2020

Six years ago, senior Jharna Suresh watched her all-time favorite Bollywood film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” for the first time. The Hindi title translates to “This Youth is Crazy,” and after watching...

Second-guessing a fiction dynasty

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger set in front of the transgender flag.
Examining J. K. Rowling’s transphobic stance and what it means for Harry Potter fans
November 11, 2020

Student X is anonymous in order to protect their identity. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.”...

Race in our media

The segregation of race in America is highlighted in
Books and movies about race and race relations
November 9, 2020

At the beginning of the summer, the Black Lives Matter movement sparked protests and opened up conversations about race, and people started turning to media choices to learn more about race relations. If...

The rise of K-pop: crossing over to the Western market

In the next few years, K-pop’s popularity can be expected to attain even greater heights worldwide: wider recognition of the K-pop industry and more meaningful interactions between both Western and Korean artists will follow.
November 9, 2020

BTS and Nicki Minaj. Blackpink and Cardi B. These artists hail from opposite sides of the world, yet their names stand right next to each other under the titles of a recent series of crossovers between...

Student musicians find harmony during quarantine

Different streaming services have allowed student artists to release their music.
November 6, 2020

Pop, country, classical, indie, the list goes on. Everyone has an attachment to music, whether it’s from listening to a favorite artist, hearing different genres on the radio, or even making their own...

There is one trending game among us

As the crew hops onto the spaceship, crewmates must figure out who is the impostor among them before it is too late.
November 6, 2020

“Where? Who? Sus.” Welcome to the Among Us world. The game has recently experienced a massive surge in popularity, including within the Lynbrook community. In this party game that involves teamwork,...

Percussionists come together to go ‘Solo’

Ehlers devises friendly virtual competition to bring his students together so they can bond, learn from each other
November 6, 2020

McCallum percussionists took center stage for their first performance of the year. A competitive showcase of student work -- Solo Idol Night -- was held virtually, but not without a little stage fright. "I...

A plea to end the violence

On Nov. 4, punk band Anti-Flag released “A Dying Plea Vol. 1,” a song begging the United States to change their ways before the country’s divide grows any larger. The song features other artists in the punk scene, like DE’WAYNE and Tom Morello, the guitarist from Rage Against the Machine.
New Anti-Flag song calls for action against racism
November 6, 2020

2020 has been, without a doubt, one of the most devastating years the United States has seen in a while. With things like the current COVID-19 pandemic, the presidential election, and the ongoing civil...

The Westernized “Other”: Cultural appropriation in the media

In many productions by Western creators, cultures are commonly copied without appreciation or respect for the culture.
November 5, 2020

Worldbuilding in the lore of movies, films and shows is key to the creation of many fictional favorites, such as “Star Wars”, “Avatar” and “Game of Thrones”. As Western media begins to include...

Too real to laugh: Saturday Night Live romanticizes political chaos

 To laugh or to fear? As society flocks to laughter instead of fearing the worst, it begs the question, “Are we a part of the problem?”
November 4, 2020

I’m 17 years old, and I don’t like politics.  Yet here I am, deciding that my free time is best spent campaigning, phone-banking, knocking on doors, advocating for human rights, calling out ignorance,...

“All In: The Fight For Democracy”: The Survival of Democracy Is On The Line This 2020

 “All In: The Fight For Democracy” movie poster. This film was released September 18 and tackles the issue of voter suppression and where to go from here in order to preserve democracy.
November 4, 2020

The historic date of November 6, 2018, fills the dark screen. Election Day, the one that would determine the winner of the Governor's race in Georgia. The race that would decide whether or not Stacey Abrams...

Millennial Literature: “Conversations with Friends” Review

November 4, 2020

I'd fallen in love with “Normal People” (both the novel and the televised adaptation) at the height of quarantine. As one would expect, mandated isolation had begun to take its toll. I’d missed...

Class of 2019 grad KBeaZy produces Billboard #1 hit

KBeaZy is pictured in his natural environment for his Genius profile. It reads,
November 4, 2020

If the name Keegan Bach doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a chance you just don’t know who he is. There’s also a chance that you know him by the same name that most of the world does: KBeaZy....

Borat and the Comedic Guise of Activism

The second
November 3, 2020

We live in an era of change. American culture is categorized by civil rights activism and political correctness — racist remarks, sexist ideals, and pedophilic intentions do not fly in the way they...

“Election” and modern democracy

November 3, 2020

You’re a student at Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska. For the past few days, you've seen signs all across the halls of the school advocating for different student body presidential candidates. The...

Alum Deadwyler stars in thriller ‘The Devil to Pay’

Class of 2000 alum Danielle Deadwyler portrays a struggling  mother tasked with protecting her son, played by Deadwyler's real-life son Ezra, in
November 3, 2020

Seated at a kitchen table, a white woman clad in an apron and a smile grips the hand of an unnerved black woman and twists it. “Find your husband, return what’s mine, or I’ll murder your boy, and...

TikTok: the snowflake of social media apps

TikTok, once a lip-syncing app with the name, has seen shocking success during the three years it has been living on homescreens. This successful app is like no other, with an extremely flexible algorithm and a diverse variety of content creators. TikTok is seemingly winning the social media race.
October 29, 2020

From retweeting a Twitter post, to snapchatting a picture of the ceiling to a friend, social media makes an appearance in people’s lives every day. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat...

Review: The Devil All The Time is not for the faint of heart

The Devil All The Time movie poster (2020), courtesy of the production page on IMDB.
The Devil All The Time may be too dark and ghastly for many viewers
October 29, 2020

The Devil All The Time has the potential of becoming a modern cult classic. The complex plot and writing style of Donald Ray Pollock's book was brought to life on screen by the magic of Antonio Campos...

Whitehead’s Nickel Boys tells a gruesome truth we all need to hear

Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner, two world collided into one, surrounded by the commands of abuse given by the Nickel Boys Academy.
Right place, wrong time. For how many black men is this more than just a story? This is a daily possibility, a reality.
October 27, 2020

Reform school and abuse. Elwood Curtis and Jack Turner. Optimism and pessimism.  One way or another, there are always two sides to every story. Only the unmarked graves tell the gruesome truth. For...

Rap it up

Rap music has always been a popular genre among students. Many students enjoy listening to it while in the car or working out.
October 27, 2020

Since the ‘70s, rap music has proven to be the bane of many parents’ existence. The loud, explicit lyrics coupled with pounding beats performed by artists, who wear jewelry, the price of  a small...

J.K. Rowling’s “Troubled Blood” sparks controversy

J.K. Rowlings new novel,
October 23, 2020

Controversy over J.K. Rowling’s new book, “Troubled Blood,” featuring a male murderer who takes advantage of female victims by crossdressing as a woman himsef, has sparked from comments she made...

All their homes are a stage

Senior Helena Laing films her auditions for college musical theatre programs. Photo courtesy of Helena Laing.
MacTheatre's actors, dancers, singers modify their craft and their expectations for the year as curtains rise in quarantine
October 23, 2020

In a time before the pandemic, students, parents, teachers and dedicated community members came in droves to see the biannual musicals at McCallum. The McCallum Arts Center was packed to the brim on show...

Mathias’ new sound all about experimenting, having fun

During his in-depth interview on the Feedback Loop, senior Jay Mathis discusses the influences that together helped him create a new sound for his first EP Vampire. Photo by Brooke Ellisor. Graphic by Theo Roe.
Junior musician, part-time astronaut takes you on a journey from his indie roots toward to the distortive world of bass and autotune that permeates his new EP 'Vampire'
October 22, 2020

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, episode 3 -- Jay Mathias Jay Mathias wants you to think his music is weird. In this episode of the S-Word podcast, hosts Alysa Spiro and Evelyn Griffin talk to McCallum...

1968 v. 2020: Parallels from the mind of Aaron Sorkin

Hundreds of protestors gathered in Grant Park to protest the Vietnam War during the 1968 Democratic Nominating Convention in Chicago, Ill.
October 22, 2020

Netflix began streaming The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, on Oct. 16. The movie chronicles one of the nation’s most notable federal trials and the events leading up to...

The Sound of Silence

After eleven years of supporting local musicians, the Rex Theater has closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local musicians and small venues are among the hardest hit by COVID-19.
October 21, 2020

Before he was hired as a North Allegheny custodian, Jay Koval worked on the production team at Pittsburgh's Club Cafe, a local music venue and longtime hot spot for emerging jazz and indie bands. "We...

“The Trial of the Chicago 7”: Why the Whole World Should Be Watching

October 21, 2020

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” — a Netflix film written and directed by Academy Award Winner Aaron Sorkin — was released on Oct. 16, 2020, and stars Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Alex Sharp as Rennie...

“Respect” to “WAP”: Examining the progress of women’s empowerment

 Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B.'s hit single WAP is a boundary breaking anthem of women's sexual liberation
Exploring the dichotomy of women’s sexual liberation presented by songs throughout history
October 19, 2020

I refused to listen to “WAP” when it first came out. Released on Aug. 7 by Cardi B. (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) and featuring Megan Thee Stallion (real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete),...

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is horror at its very best

October 16, 2020

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from "The Haunting of Bly Manor." In one of the last scenes of Netflix’s 2020 original mini-series, “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” the bride, whose...

Dynamic duet delivers live music, future hope right to your doorstep

Lucy Hamre (left) and Ileana Nicholson (right) share a knowing look as they preform their violin arrangements for a socially-distanced audience. The profits from the performances went entirely to charities and organizations.  “It just felt really fitting that we do something that has monetary value to help organizations,
Tired of incessant practice during COVID quarantine, junior violinists take their show to music lovers' backyards and raise funds for charitable causes
October 16, 2020

Beethoven, "Moon River," and "Amazing Grace" are heard from Beth Martinez’s backyard. Her 87-year-old mother has been missing out on her trips to the symphony since COVID started, and juniors Lucy Hamre...

Unlike its name, Instagram’s new feature fails to ‘Reel’ in many users

An artist’s rendering of Instagram’s new feature “Reels” shows a user expressing her creativity through a makeup video using its features like audio, speed, filters and more.
October 14, 2020

After several accounts of TikTok’s possible shutdown in the summer, avid users like sophomore Jamie Choi deleted the app in August before the new school year began. Because she spent at least two hours...

Promontory Point provides safe, nostalgic outdoor space to see friends, take part in activities

For many people, the Point provides a feeling of nostalgia that can anchor long-time park visitors to life before the pandemic. The park has become a safe space for Chicago residents, including U-High students, to see friends or take part in organized activities.
October 13, 2020

Waves splash onto rocks, pooling into crevices that small groups of masked people jump over as they walk along the water. Further from the waterline, the rocks form stairs that hug the side of a large...

Greg Anderson’s musical anthology includes Green Day, the Foo Fighters, Devo and the Ramones

History teacher Greg Anderson and former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider smile for the camera at a VIP event during Snider’s solo show in Dallas. After Snider signed Anderson’s copies of the Twister Sister albums You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll and Stay Hungry, Anderson told Snider how much he admired him for his role fighting censorship in the Parents Music Resource Center U.S. Senate hearings. “He made a joke about how funny it would have been if Bob Denver had been at the hearings instead of John Denver,” Anderson said. “He asked if I wanted to make tough guy faces in the picture, and I asked him if we could smile instead. He was very nice and everyone was walking away very happy from the experience.” Anderson also told MacJournalism that he first became a fan of Twisted Sister after seeing the band’s appearance in the final chase scene in the 1985 movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and that he caught a guitar pick during Snider’s show.
If you thought the first half of our rock 'n' roll interview was a virtuoso performance, give part two a listen and learn how to survive a mosh pit at age 11 and how to get all the members of a band to sign your copy of their album
October 12, 2020

macshieldonline · The S Word -- Episode 16 (Anderson talks heavy metal at the AP level) Part Two In the previous episode of the S-Word podcast, McCallum world history and geography teacher Greg Anderson...

Empowering females in the rock scene

Stand Atlantic, the Australian based pop-punk band, redefined the sound of pop-punk with their new album, “Pink Elephant.” Female-led bands deserve more recognition in the music industry, more specifically in the alternative and rock scene. The work of these talented females is typically drowned out due to the clear sexism that is prevalent in the music industry.
October 12, 2020

Rock is a genre with infinite subgenres, all with varying stereotypes surrounding the overall sound. Most stereotypes lead people to believe that simply because of your gender, you may not be as successful...

Back In Business

People flock back to theaters after their several month long closure.
Theaters re-open after being closed during the pandemic
October 8, 2020

As the doors to the theater opened, Art teacher Pamela Dietrich walked in. She smelled the popcorn being prepared at the concession stand and watched as the workers carefully put food into buckets and...

Mulan falls short of bringing honor to the original classic

The logo for the remake of Disney’s Mulan. Directed by Niki Caro and starring Yifei Liu, the film was released to Disney+ on Sept. 4 2020.
October 8, 2020

In 1998, Disney released Mulan, a film that would, in later years, become one of the studio’s most beloved, despite waning box office figures compared to its contemporaries Aladdin and The Lion King.  The...

Review: Fleet Foxes return with Shore

Fleet Foxes' album cover for
After a three year silence since 2017's Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes return for their fourth album
October 8, 2020

A few years back, a stranger on the internet told me the Fleet Foxes were "soccer mom indie rock" when I said I had liked their latest album. And that's not really too far off, as "White Winter Hymnal"...

Online concerts replace live music shows during pandemic

K-pop giant BTS is one of many bands that has benefitted from virtual concerts.
Music artists find a new solution of virtual shows to support themselves
October 7, 2020

With the popularity of online streaming, many artists find it hard to keep afloat as physical and downloadable sales plummet. Before Miss Corona took over the charts, musicians resorted to touring as...

‘Tickets To My Downfall’: Machine Gun Kelly’s successful pop-punk debut

The cover for Machine Gun Kelly’s “Tickets To My Downfall” features him standing at the edge of an empty pool with a bright-pink guitar. “Tickets To My Downfall” explores pop punk, a departure from MGK’s previous rap albums.
October 7, 2020

Most people know Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) as a rapper. Some may recognize him as an actor, but few would call him a pop-punk singer — that is, until the release of his latest album “Tickets To My Downfall”...

A Review of Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes is an adventurous heroine that young viewers can look up to.
Netflix's new mystery movie introduces a new type of protagonist to root for.
October 5, 2020

Enola Holmes is not your typical mystery movie.  Instead of the genre’s usual male protagonist, Enola leads the narrative as a strong, independent girl with a nontraditional upbringing.  When her mother...

‘Cuties’: Not so cute after all

October 2, 2020

Generally speaking, teenage girls’ coming-of-age movies are pretty cringe-worthy. Often centered around a lifelong crush or a fashion reset, these movies feed into society’s misconceptions about women...

Late-Night Left: The Cost of Being Political

Since the 2016 presidential election, ratings have dropped for late-night shows as content shifts from its traditional comedy to political commentary.
September 30, 2020

In an era characterized by fear and worry, many Americans find comfort in television as a lighthearted sanctuary from everyday life. And with late-night talk shows hosting over 8 million national viewers...

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